We bought it because we broke it?

This just in from last night's Republican debate via this CNN article:
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made a dramatic statement regarding Iraq at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate, declaring, "We bought it because we broke it."

The comment came in perhaps the most compelling moment of the Republican debate when the Arkansas Republican directly confronted Texas Rep. Ron Paul on his position for an immediate withdrawal from the country.

"Congressman, whether or not we should have gone to Iraq is a discussion for historians, but we're there. We bought it because we broke it," he said. "We've got a responsibility to the honor of this country and the honor of every man and woman who has served in Iraq and our military to not leave them with anything less than the honor they deserve."

Amid loud cheers, Paul responded, "The American people didn't go in. A few people advising this administration, a small number of people called the neoconservatives, hijacked our foreign policy. They are responsible, not the American people."

Huckabee quickly fired back: "Congressman, we are one nation. We can't be divided. We have to be one nation under God. That means if we make a mistake, we make it as a single country."

As the crowd roared louder, Paul answered, "When we make a mistake, it is the obligation of the people — through their representatives — to correct the mistake, not continue the mistake. We have dug a hole for ourselves and we have dug a hole for our party. We are losing elections, and we are going down next year if we don't change it."

Huckabee replied loudly, "Even if we lose elections, we should not lose our honor."
I found this to be an interesting interchange of ideas. Both candidates admitting that the Iraq invasion was a mistake but each having a different take on what we do with that mistake. On this one I am with Congressman Paul. My response to former governor Huckbee is that there is no honor in continuing a failed policy ... there is no honor in risking the lives of our soldiers to achieve a goal that no one can articulate. Hey Mike ... if you have an Iraqi endgame worthy of the sacrifice we are asking soldiers to make ... I wish you would detail that endgame for us.


  1. I have to agree. I'm not convinced that democracy can be exported into a cultural situation that does not desire democratic values, that is not interested in emulating us. At this point, I believe the war is a tragedy similar to the removal of Tito in the former Yugoslavia. One evil dictator may be gone, but now the lid is off for massive bloodshed between ethnic (and religious) groups that hate each other. I really regret this situation before God, because I'm not sure that removing Saddam was the lesser of two evils. I think more will die now (whether we stay or leave). And God cares about Iraqi lives as much as He does about American ones. Besides, I agree with the whole "hijacking by neoconservatives" argument. It holds true since these same people stood to gain so much financially from this war. I don't God likes that either. But it's a difficult situation with no easy answers, that's for sure!

  2. Oops. Meant to say, "I don't think God likes that either."


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